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LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church is a welcoming community of faithful disciples, committed to fulfilling Christ's example, joyfully serving through compassion, mission, and all-inclusive grace.
February 19, 2018
During our Ash Wednesday service, we read from the Gospel of Matthew: "Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others."
Each time gun violence claims the lives of God's children, the words "thoughts and prayers" are uttered almost as a natural reflex: like a rote prayer. But as the theologian Miroslav Volf points out, "there is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve." St. James puts it this way, "faith without works is dead."
I invite you to reflect on the hymn below written by C. Gillette after the mass shooting at the church in Sutherland Springs: If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers. And as we go forward in this season of Lent, let us indeed give our thoughts and prayers–but we can't stop there. May these and all of our faith practices give birth to new ways of living that ensure God's children do not suffer the senseless violence that so many already have.
If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers
O WALY WALY LM (“Though I May Speak”)
If we just talk of thoughts and prayers
And don’t live out a faith that dares,
And don’t take on the ways of death,
Our thoughts and prayers are fleeting breath.
If we just dream of what could be
And do not build community,
And do not seek to change our ways,
Our dreams of change are false displays.
If we just sing of doing good
And don’t walk through our neighborhood
To learn its hope, to ease its pain,
Our talk of good is simply vain.
God, may our prayers and dreams and songs
Lead to a faith that takes on wrongs—
That works for peace and justice, too.
Then will our prayers bring joy to you.*
*Text: Copyright © 2017 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Food Pantry @ LoveJoy United
Lectionary Bible Study
MetroFeast: Supper Church
The LoveJoy United Food Pantry is now open on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at our church location. Our mobile Food Pantry will be available in the rear parking lot of 2600 College Avenue in Alton the 3rd Monday of each month.